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2021 Winter Buyer’s Guide

The Best Splitboarding Gear of 2021

One kit to conquer every slope

(Photo: Inga Hendrickson)
winter buyer’s guide

Weston Women’s Eclipse Splitboard ($899)

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Climbing is easier with this surfy sub-s­even-pounder (for the 145- and 150-centimeter models). Its tapered shape and rockered tip also lend nimbleness in tight trees.

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Flylow Smythe Bibs ($460)

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Even high-performance bibs get hot on warm days. Not the slim five-pocket Smythes, which now boast a breathable, waterproof soft-shell material. 

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Burton Family Tree Hometown Hero X Splitboard ($1,500)

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Burton’s lightest split was built for backcountry powder, with a wood core, directional camber, and entry rocker that kept it afloat and slashy in ­hip-deep snow.

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POC Obex BC SPIN Helmet ($250)

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This smart helmet features an inner gel-like membrane that provides extra protection against lateral forces. Also built in: Recco (a radar reflector) and an NFC chip that sends rescuers essential health and location info, which you upload to the chip via app, in case you become incapacitated.

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Leki Guide Extreme V Poles ($250)

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Leki employed carbon in the upper shaft and aluminum below for a pole that’s strong but light (nine ounces). Interior cables keep it taut when snapped into place.

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Spark R&D Summit Skins ($190)

Spark R&D
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Spark R&D built the nylon Summits with dual-angle clips, which lasso the board with hooks both at the tip and the tail. The skins stay snug even on hot laps.

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Strafe W’s Alpha Hooded Insulator Jacket ($269)

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Polartec’s latest Alpha synthetic insulation lends this hoodie premium breathability. Its slim fit is just right for skinning in cool midwinter conditions. Bonus: an interior mesh sleeve keeps your phone warm.

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Spark R&D Arc Pro Bindings ($540)

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Reinforced carbon highbacks, heavy-duty plastic straps and ratchets, steel pivot pins—every choice in Spark’s design is a testament to durability and weight savings. Invest now, ride for many years.

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Vans Hi-Country and Hell-Bound Boots ($330)

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These flexible kicks feature a quick-drying liner from the North Face and removable tongue inserts for dialing in the fit.

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Ledlenser MH5 Headlamp ($50)

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Lights are ­mandatory for safety. The 400-lumen MH5 features two crisp white modes—low and high—and a red setting, without extraneous switches. It’s airy enough (3.3 ounces) to forget about until you need it.

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Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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